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County of Santa Clara

Office of LGBTQ Affairs

We provide leadership and support for the well-being and longevity of LGBTQ communities in Santa Clara County through coordinated, integrated approaches. 

Mission

The mission of the County of Santa Clara is to plan for the needs of a dynamic community, provide quality services, and promote a healthy, safe, and prosperous community for all. 

Vision

As a government office, we are committed to creating strong bridges throughout Santa Clara County that affirm and embrace the whole person by creating a social climate with institutional backing that offers multiple pathways for LGBTQ individual and communities to thrive here and everywhere. 

 


 

Our Pro-Equity Approaches
 

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Change the Narrative
Empower individuals and communities with innovative trainings and cutting-edge tools to unravel the deep-rooted factors perpetuating inequities surrounding Sexual Orientation, Gender Identity, and Expression (SOGIE), promoting a cultural shift towards understanding and proactive solutions that thrives on inclusion, belonging, and authentic self-expression for all. 

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Subject Matter Expertise
Provide expert leadership to County departments and community members in their pursuit of comprehensive LGBTQ+ support and access to an extensive network of local and national resources; forging seamless collaboration with County departments and agencies to critically assess existing practices and deliver unparalleled technical assistance for meaningful improvements. 

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Transformational Change
Catalyze a paradigm shift by propelling the advancement of groundbreaking cross-departmental best practices, dismantling entrenched systemic barriers, and ushering in an era of unparalleled linkage and access to services, thus igniting transformative change that redefines the possibilities for all individuals and communities.

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Partnerships and Community Engagement
Forge an unwavering alliance as the County's LGBTQ+ ambassador, cultivating dynamic partnerships with a diverse array of government agencies, schools, and organizations to collectively champion LGBTQ+ issues and advance inclusive progress that empowers, elevates, and amplifies the resounding voice of the LGBTQ+ community, echoing far beyond boundaries and inspiring authentic societal transformation. 

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Policy Analysis
Harness the power of policy analysis to furnish meticulously researched and bold recommendations that invigorate local action, steering the trajectory of key LGBTQ+ policy areas towards unprecedented progress and equity; diligently scrutinize existing or proposed policies, summoning a tenacious commitment to guaranteeing the integration of LGBTQ+ populations.

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Data, Evaluation, and Accountability
Pioneer an endeavor to standardize and integrate SOGIE and associated data points into data collection systems that propels evidence-based decision-making; secure research initiatives and map service gaps to uplift the needs and untapped potentials of LGBTQ+ residents; embolden County departments and agencies to reinforce a culture of compliance with existing laws and propel a relentless pursuit of best practices, creating a future founded on accountability, justice, and dignity for all. 


 

Office Highlights


 

Contact Us

2460 N First Street, Suite 220
San Jose, CA 95131

Email: [email protected]

 

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